The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report about a March plane crash on Holston Mountain.
A Cessna 172k crashed into the mountain after refueling at Elizabethton Airport on March 18. The pilot and a passenger were seriously injured and one other passenger had minor injuries.
According to the report the pilot, Scott Miller, told the FAA he gained altitude before starting his climb over the mountain, but felt the airplane should have more power. The report states that once Miller realized the plane would not clear the mountain peak, he tried to steer toward a small valley. However, the plane started to descend.
After leveling the wings the pilot determined he was going to crash and rolled the aircraft in its side to avoid the trees.
The NTSB kept the engine for further examination.